Personal decisionmaking styles and long-term care choices.
Maloney, Susan K
Date of Pub
Andresen, Julie; Bloom, Diane L; Finn, Jeffrey
To learn more about how older people make decisions about long-term care (LTC), in-depth interviews were conducted with 63
elderly individuals and 56 of their relatives to obtain information on the decisionmaking process. This qualitative research
showed that LTC decisionmaking does not always follow typical consumer decisionmaking models, in which a consumer seeks a
product or service, selects among the alternatives, and assesses the choice. Further, the interviews yielded four long-term
care decisionmaking styles among older adults related to their degree of planning or not planning. This study underscores
the need to develop tailored communications for older people and their families aimed at encouraging appropriate and cost-effective
use of LTC services.
Decision Making : Patient Acceptance of Health Care : Activities of Daily Living : Advance Directives : Aged : Aged, 80 and
over : Communication : Family : Health Services Research/methods : Housing for the Elderly/utilization : Human : Interviews
: Long-Term Care/utilization : Medicare : Nursing Homes/utilization : Public Policy : Support, Non-U.S. Gov't : United States